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Scenic River Stretches 3: Iron Gates

One part of the river cruise experience is that you just unpack once and your hotel brings you to another quaint town every day. But there is more, the beautiful stretches of the rivers you'll pass on your way. Therefore let's have a look on the few natural sights hiding in my database. In the last entry we dealt with the Wachau Valley, this posting deals with the Iron Gates.

The Iron Gates

Passed on every cruise downstream of Budapest to the Bucharest and the Black Sea.

Pirates on the lower Danube

To be informed about the situation on the Europe's rivers, I enrolled on all different kind of news aggregators. I thought this would be a good way to keep you up to date about the waterlevels on the Danube or other interesting events for river cruises in Eastern Europe. So I was quite puzzled when among the first news in my mailbox around mid Janurary 2012 were articles about pirates on the Danube river.

Danube frozen over #2

Yesterday I have updated the danube frozen over article and mentioned the damaged ships on lower Danube. So here is my picture of the day:

Danube frozen over

German authorities closed the Kachlet and Jochstein locks in the vicinity of Passau due to ice on February 5th 2012. The Main Danube Canal was already closed 2 days earlier, but icebreakers are used on the canal to avoid that massive ice chunks damage bridges or locks. Parts of the Main river are closed for the same reason.